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London Times

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April 2001
From the London timesof 1904Mark TWAIN
 
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Chicago, April 1, 1904I resume by cable-telephone where I left off yesterday.For many hours, now, this vast city, along with the rest of the globe, of course, has talked of nothing but theextraordinary episode mentioned in my last report. Inaccord with your instructions, I will now trace theromance from its beginnings down to the culmination of yesterday, or today; call it which you like. By odd chance,I was a personal actor in part of this drama myself. Theopening scene plays in Vienna.Date, 1:00 a.m., March 31, 1898. I had spent theevening at a social entertainment. About midnight, I wentaway, in company with the miliary attaches of the British,Italian, and American embassies, to finish with a latesmoke. This function had been appointed to take place inthe house of Lieutenant Hillyer, the third attachementioned above. When we arrived there we foundseveral visitors in the room: young Szczepanik (pronounced, approximately,
 Zepa
nnik); Mr. K., hisfinancial backer; Mr. W., the latter's secretary; andLieutenant Clayton of the United States army. War was atthat time threatening between Spain and our country, andLieutenant Clayton had been sent to Europe on military business. I was well acquainted with young Szczepanik 

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